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About The Taste of the Town

A world premiere, The Taste of the Town is the second play in the Hogarth's Progress double bill and stars Keith Allen as the older William Hogarth.

30 years have passed since the events of the first play and the Hogarths are now settled in Chiswick. Hugely successful for his satirical depictions of greedy upper classes, drunken reprobates and wanton harlots, William Hogarth and his wife Jane are still at odds with the world and with each other. Facing public ridicule for what he considers his finest painting, William sets out to confront his fiercest critic and defend his reputation, but there’s always time for one more pint on the way.

Hogarth’s Progress is a riotous and thought-provoking double bill of plays by BAFTA Award-winning playwright Nick Dear, following one of Britain’s most irreverent and celebrated artists William Hogarth at a time when culture escaped from the grasp of the powerful into the hands of the many.

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Age recommendation: 14+ Contains swearing and scenes of a sexual nature at points.

Tender, playful, witty and touching… a winning portrait of the artist as, first, a young pup and then, even better, as an old dog
The Times
Dazzling... an intriguing insight into the true nature of Hogarth's genius
The Guardian

Rose Theatre

24-26 High Street, London, KT1 1HL

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